NEW YORK, NY – Amy Peterson has been appointed Director of the New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. The office is responsible to connect New Yorkers with workforce training programs and jobs across the Big Apple. Peterson will continue to lead the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery and Build it Back as the program enters the final stages of their Sandy recovery efforts.
“When I was elected, the Build it Back program suffered from bureaucratic entanglement, and thousands of New Yorkers were left to fend for themselves. Then Amy Peterson took over, streamlined the program and people finally began getting the help they needed to recover,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Amy has nearly worked herself out of a job, and she managed to do this while training and connecting over 1,600 New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy to quality jobs. I’m confident Amy will continue this great work at the Office of Workforce Development and connect countless more New Yorkers to high quality jobs, taking us a step closer to creating the fairest big city in America.”
Under Peterson, over 1,600 New Yorkers were connected to quality jobs through the Build it Back and Sandy Recovery Workforce1 programs. These jobs include union construction careers as roofers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Peterson created the Sandy Recovery Hiring Plan which focused on training and connecting Sandy-impacted residents to construction jobs. Over 20 percent of trades workers in Build It Back were residents affected by Sandy. She will continue to lead the Office of Housing Recovery as it completes the Build It Back program and focus on priorities for recovery preparedness for the future.
“The Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development will create opportunities for all New Yorkers to build and benefit from our economy,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives Phillip Thompson. “Amy Peterson has a track-record of delivering results by engaging communities, which I know will be key to our success moving forward.”
Peterson will build on the work of the last four years to fully align the City’s work in advancing opportunities for New Yorkers. Her priorities will include bringing together the many workforce initiatives across City agencies; establishing new initiatives that will provide good jobs for New Yorkers and setting ambitious goals focused on training and employment. She will be responsible to build initiatives across neighborhoods, City agencies and local businesses, to expand opportunities across the Big Apple.
“Amy Peterson has accumulated a wealth of experience guiding workforce development programs across the city, and made local hiring, pre-apprenticeship training programs, and the building of community capacity a focus as she breathed life into the Build it Back program,” said Council Member Mark Treyger. “I partnered with Ms. Peterson to bring a Workforce1 Center to Coney Island that has been a beneficial resource for a community severely impacted by the worst storm in our city’s history,”